Patrica Ford Crowned Miss Georgia 2016
Patrica Ford was crowned Miss Georgia 2016 on June 18, 2016 at the River Center of the Performing Arts. Patricia Ford succeeds Adeline Kenerly as Miss Georgia, who was crowned when Betty Cantrell was named Miss America in 2015. Patricia will now compete at Miss America 2017, scheduled to be held on September 11, 2016 in New Jersey.
She received $15,000 in scholarship awards, keys to a brand new Kia and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Miss America Pageant starting on September 2 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Also receiving scholarship awards were first runner-up, Miss Cobb County Brooke Doss ($7,500); second runner-up, Miss Golden Isles Alyssa Beasley ($5,000); third runner-up, Miss Rome Chari Guzman ($3,500); and fourth runner-up, Miss Southeast Georgia Sarah Deloach ($2,500). The remaining semi-finalists received a $1,000 scholarship and the remaining top fifteen received a $1,500 scholarship.
Forty-nine women from across the state competed in the 72nd Annual Miss Georgia Pageant. Contestants competed in preliminary competitions in the categories of interview, swimsuit, talent, and evening wear leading up to Saturday night’s final competition.
The top ten semifinalists were Miss University of Georgia; Miss Southeast Georgia; Miss Cobb County; Miss Troup County; Miss Golden Isles; Miss Middle West Georgia ; Miss Rome; Miss Albany; Miss Greater Atlanta and Miss Capital City.
After winning the crown, the newly crowned Miss Georgia said, “It’s an honor to represent the state of Georgia and to represent our state at the national level in September. It’s something I’m really looking forward to. …I’ll work hard and do everything that I can to make our state proud and to be a gracious, loving and serving Miss Georgia for the next 365 days.”
Georgia has won the Miss America crown twice through Neva Jane Langley who won the 1953 Miss America title, and in 2015, when Baciliky “Betty” Andris Cantrell of Warner Robins was named Miss America 2016, making her the first native-born Miss Georgia to hold the Miss America title.